Death's Hand (Descent, #1)

Death's Hand - S.M. Reine Elise is a kopis. A fighter of demons, and exorcist, a warrior for the light and innocent against the dark. Or she was anyway. She's retried, she's an accountant now. Of course she may have to poke some of her clients with sharp things now and then to make them pay – demons can be pretty stingy – but she's put all of that demon killing behind her now after a particularly horrifying experience where she nearly lost everything.Except James, her apis, her shield and childhood mentor, isn't so willing to let go. Especially since he is the high priest of the local coven – and one of his members has a possessed child. He cannot abandon her – but nor can he free her without the help of his kick arse accounting friend.Of course, what starts as a possession gets much much worse. With demons from the past arising, old fears coming back, the walking dead and a legion of lesser demons - with the entire city at risk and people they're close to betraying them – as well as dragging their normal, unskilled, ignorant friends in the dark to do battle alongside them.Dark powers, kicking arse, magic and demons – what's not to like? I do like this story a lot – it's intriguing I never really knew where I was going and while the premise sounds fairly tried and true, the details were sufficiently unique for me never to be sure exactly what was going to happen – it wasn't predictable, which is rather rare and nice to find. The action scenes were nicely done – I have seen better but not many – they didn't fall into the common traps of being bogged down, unrealistic or hard to follow – they were clear, concise and excitingThe world is, again, relatively unique. The focus is on the myriad kinds of demons and their offshoots and it's less about slicing and dicing them (though there is a nice amount of slicing and dicing) so much as exorcising and banishing them. We didn't see a lot of the world – and I would like to see it expanded a lot more (in fact, I think this book could have used a little world building, especially as some demon types are named but nor explained) - but we have solid hints of angels and demons, witches and other magic users all together with a lot of variety and variations within each category. I want to see more, yes yes I do. There's a lot to intrigue here, even if the taste sample was a trifle stingyRead More